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Finally, Justice for a Police Murder

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on April 21, 2021

From injustice for Bernard Whitehurst's 1975 murder by a Montgomery, Alabama police officer to justice for George Floyd's 2021 murder by a Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer...This has been a long and difficult struggle for African-Americans. Yet, we have seen amazing progress along the way.

Derek Chauvin's criminal conviction yesterday was a transformational moment in American history. It made me extremely proud of Black Lives Matter's non-violent protests and the brilliant legal work of my good friend and mentee in police misconduct law, Florida Attorney Benjamin Crump.

In America, positive change for African-Americans is an evolutionary process, not a revolutionary one. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, once said, "The arc of the moral universe is long but it always bends towards justice." We saw this statement come true yesterday.

This is why Americans of interracial goodwill care about the fair administration of our criminal laws and why we are willing to pay the price in our blood, sweat, and tears that is necessary to achieve equal justice in America. Despite four hundred years of the most inhumane treatment administered to a minority race by the majority one, African-Americans never stormed the U.S. Capitol and ransacked this historic national building to express our discontent. Instead, we have simply persevered in peaceful protest for centuries until we were able to awaken the conscience of a reluctant nation.

After all, justice is a beautiful thing!

PHOTO: Convicted murderer, Derek Chauvin, is placed in handcuffs.

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